Trump 'slut shames' Senator Gillibrand, says she 'would do anything' for money

Trump alleged that the New York Democrat came to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "would do anything" for money.

Trump 'slut shames' Senator Gillibrand, says she 'would do anything' for money

In an attempt to fend off the renewed focus on sexual misconduct allegations against him, President Donald Trump has added more trouble to his woes. Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand -- a frequent critic of the president -- and said that the New York Democrat came to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "would do anything" for money.

While, Gillibrand, who had asked for Trump's resignation a day before because of sexual harassment allegations against him, called his comment a "sexist smear attempting to silence my violence."

“I will not be silenced on this issue,” she said. “Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday,” referring to those who have accused the president of sexual harassment.

Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  (Getty Images)

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” 

 



White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, said that the comments made by the president were not sexist. 

"There is no that this is sexist at all,” Huckabee Sanders said and suggested that the tweet could be considered sexually charged “only if your mind is in the gutter.”

Trump's tweet comes at a time when the country is rattled by an expansive sexual misconduct scandal involving powerful women from glamour world, media, and politics. 

Many of the Democratic senators have called for Trump's resignation, while almost 60 lawmakers are urging for a congressional probe into the president's behavior. Nearly 16 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment ever since the presidential campaign last year. 

Donald Trump addressing a rally (Getty Images)

Shortly after Trump's tweet about Sen. Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential presidential contender, tweeted to the president saying: "Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame (at)SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, (at)realDonaldTrump.”

After Trump's tweet caused a furore, the White House spokesperson insisted that Trump just meant to denounce Gillibrand’s role within the Washington political culture and it was not a sexist comment. 

“The president is very obvious. This is the same sentiment that the president has expressed many times before when he has exposed the corruption of the entire political system,” Sanders said during the White House press briefing. “If you look back at past comments that this president has made, he’s used that same terminology many times in reference to men.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also condemned Trump's tweet and called it “disgusting and disgraceful, and of course obviously not true.”

When asked by reporters whether she would also join Gillibrand's call for Trump to resign, Pelosi: "I don't think he ever should have been president." She also added that a court case from one of the accusers against Trump for sexual misconduct should proceed.

 

 

 

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